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Robert Ryan

Robbie Ryan is a Dundalk based writer, obsessed with his local team and all things concerning Irish football! Also wrote for LeagueofIreland.ie

Opinion: A Defining Era Lies Ahead For The League of Ireland And Its Clubs

A peculiarly bleak atmosphere lingered in the stands during Dundalk FC’s 1-1 draw with Shamrock Rovers last Tuesday night. Hoops supporters riled the home fans by applauding each of the seemingly endless line of players who hobbled to the touchline and wasted an extra few minutes. Perhaps Dundalk fans have become a little too pampered by success and don’t react …

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Opinion: History On Ireland’s Side As They Face Into Tough Qualifying Group

While immensely proud of their nation’s performances at Euro 2016, many Irish fans were also overcome with jealousy while observing Wales’ extraordinary accomplishment. After all, this is a nation with a smaller population and a less lucrative football history than ours. How have they done so well? Is it all down to Gareth Bale? We have Jeff Hendrick, and we all know …

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Opinion: The Tournament That Changed The Beautiful Game Forever

Almost 100 baby boys were christened Eder over the course of the year 1983 in Brazil. The toddlers had been named after the sublimely skilled midfielder, most famous for scoring a beautiful winning goal against the Soviet Union in the 1982 World Cup. Most of these children were probably conceived shortly after the goal was scored, and the parents of …

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Opinion: Dundalk’s European Achievements Worth Much More Than Money

UEFA Champions League Third Qualifying Round Second Leg, Tallaght Stadium, Dublin 2/8/2016 Dundalk vs BATE Borisov Dundalk’s David McMillan scores his team's first goal Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ciaran Culligan

It is a little disturbing to see how little it takes to achieve celebrity status these days. A loud, obnoxious woman laughs while wearing a Star Wars mask goes on to make an appearance on the Ellen Degeneres show. Katie Hopkins makes a very comfortable living by simply being despised. Our reality TV generation makes it easy for talentless individuals …

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Throwback Thursday: Jackie Charlton’s Last Wacky Adventure With Ireland

Republic of Ireland v Holland 13/12/1995 Jack Charlton and Maurice Setters say a final farewell to the Irish Fans ©INPHO/James Meehan

When we think back to USA ’94, it’s hard to look past that astonishing victory over Italy. We often reminisce joyously about McGrath frustrating Roberto Baggio, Ray Houghton confounding Gianluca Pagliuca and Jack Charlton berating every nearby FIFA official. It’s quite easy to forget whatever else occurred during that tournament. We prefer to envisage the team as heroes and the …

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